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August 4, 2009

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Concannon Confirmed Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

Spread the Word About Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

SNA Professional Standards Task Force Named

USDA Purchasing More Cheese and Non-Fat Dry Milk

USDA And Sesame Workshop Unveil PSA To Promote Healthy Eating

British Chef Jamie Oliver to Film American TV Show on School Meals

Anchors Aweigh! SNA is Moving

 

SNA Legislative Action Center

Legislative Toolkit

PR Toolkit

From the Kitchen to the Congress Reauthorization Blog

State and Federal Legislation

 

Concannon Confirmed Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

Last week, Kevin Concannon was confirmed Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As Undersecretary, one of Concannon’s tasks will be to work on Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Concannon has been Director of four health and human services agencies in three states—Iowa, Maine and Oregon. During his tenure in each state, he has focused on improving access to food stamps and other nutrition assistance programs.

 

Spread the Word About Child Nutrition Reauthorization!

Congress will most likely begin work on the 2009 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act in September or October, according to participants at a Child Nutrition Forum meeting held on Wednesday, July 29th. There is also a possibility that a new reauthorization law may not be in place by the end of the year. With that timeline in place, it is important to continue spreading the word about Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

 

There are many things you can do in your community to raise awareness about Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

  • Throughout the month of August and into the fall, be sure to invite your member of Congress to your cafeteria for lunch. Give them a tour to show them what your school district is doing to serve healthy school meals. For information on setting up a cafeteria site visit, please see the link below.
  • Set up a call or a visit with your Member of Congress in their office. By speaking with them or their staff members, you can vocalize the issues that are important to you. For information on setting a meeting with your member of Congress, please visit the link below.

Cafeteria Site Visit 101

Capitol Hill Basics

 

SNA Professional Standards Task Force Named

SNA’s Past Presidents have recently presented to the SNA Board of Directors a proposal calling for the establishment of standards for professionally qualified directors of school nutrition programs at the State and LEA levels. As a follow up to this action, the House of Delegates held a mega issue discussion at the SNA 2009 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas to determine whether the Association should adopt and advocate for Federal professional standards as part of the Child Nutrition and Reauthorization Act. The outcome of that discussion was overwhelmingly in favor of developing some type of professional standards and that it was best for SNA to lead the way.

 The Task Force will hold a 2 and ½ day meeting at National Harbor, Maryland on August 20-22, 2009. Pending approval by the SNA Board of Directors, the professional standards will be shared with Congress in its discussions involving Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

 Please see the SNA website for a listing of the members of the Professional Standards Task Force.

 

USDA Purchasing More Cheese and Non-Fat Dry Milk

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Friday, July 31, 2009 announced that the Obama Administration is taking immediate action to support struggling dairy farmers by increasing the amount paid for dairy products through the Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP). USDA estimates show that these increases, which will be in place from August 2009 through October 2009, will increase dairy farmers' revenue by $243 million.

Prior to Friday’s announcement, USDA had taken several steps to provide support for dairy farmers, including transferring approximately 200 million pounds of nonfat dry milk to USDA's Food and Nutrition Service.

 

USDA And Sesame Workshop Unveil PSA To Promote Healthy Eating

On Friday, July 31, 2009, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Sesame Workshop unveiled a public service announcement (PSA) promoting healthy eating habits to children and families. The PSA features Cookie Monster, Broccoli and Secretary Vilsack discussing importance of eating a "rainbow" of foods, especially fruits and vegetables, everyday.

To view the PSA go to www.sesameworkshop.org.

 

British Chef Jamie Oliver to Film American TV Show on School Meals

British chef and healthy school meals activist Jamie Oliver is filming a television series on healthy eating for ABC. The show, which will include at least one episode on school meals, is expected to air in January 2010. The premise of the show has Oliver, who filmed a program advocating healthier school meals in Great Britain, visiting the community of Huntington, W.V. While in Huntington, Oliver works with the community, encouraging them to re-evaluate how they eat and encouraging them to cook with healthier items. SNA is monitoring this program.

For additional information, please visit the link below.

TV Producers Tour Cabell County Schools

 

Anchors Aweigh! SNA is Moving

Pull up the anchor and prepare to set sail! SNA is moving across the Potomac River to a new home. As of Monday, August 31, 2009, the new SNA Headquarters address will be 120 Waterfront Street, 3rd Floor, National Harbor, MD 20745. SNA’s phone number, 800-877-8822 will remain the same, but the local phone number and fax number will change. Please keep checking www.schoolnutrition.org as more information becomes available.

State and Federal Legislation

State legislation can now be accessed on the Internet through Netscan. Use Username: schoolnutrition and Password: sna

Click State Legislation Instructions for steps to access state legislation through the service. Legislatures currently in session include:  California, District of Columbia, Federal, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin

 


 
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